Perhaps it’s the looser schedule, the longer days or the heat, but my kids are continually requesting snacks and special treats this summer. Just this morning, my two-year old asked for a snack instead of breakfast. Um, no.
In addition to making sure they are hydrated, I try and thwart their ongoing requests for special treats with sliced veggies and fruit readily available at home, popcorn and dried fruit in single-serving containers in the car, and meals based on whole grains, plant-based proteins and lots of fresh fruit and veggies.
Are you looking for healthier tastier choices at mealtime this summer? I’ve put together a roundup of family-friendly Health Starts Here® recipes. Health Starts Here is a mindful approach to healthy eating that’s rooted in simple ways to build better meals. Each recipe meets the following:
They’re made using whole foods. These are ingredients in their purest, unprocessed forms such as an asparagus spear, a lemon slice, a scoop of quinoa or a fillet of salmon.
They’re plant-strong™. The fiber, protein and phytonutrients in Health Starts Here recipes come from the healthiest source — plants!
They only contain healthy fats. You won’t find any extracted oils or processed fats in these recipes. The only fats in them come from the healthiest sources: nuts, seeds and avocados.
They’re nutrient dense. A variety of nutrients – such as vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – are essential for good health.
Dive in and get inspired!
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What are your favorite better-for-you recipes this summer? Share in the comments.